Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays

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Enjoy the fun on Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays!
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Enjoy summer Sundays cycling along car-free roads in Canada’s Capital Region. Since 1970, the National Capital Commission has opened scenic parkways to cyclists in Ottawa and Gatineau Park.

Cycling on Parkways in Ottawa and Gatineau Park

Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays takes place Sunday mornings, from Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day weekend. Over 50 kilometres of parkways in Ottawa and Gatineau Park are reserved for cyclists, in-line skaters, runners and walkers.

Experience the beauty of Canada’s Capital Region in a fun and environmentally friendly way. Take the parkways and cycle along the Rideau Canal or the Ottawa River, or through beautiful Gatineau Park.

The program is sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent, and runs mainly through the support of volunteers.

Note: Scooter-type power-assisted bikes are not allowed on the parkways while they are closed for Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays.

Parkways Reserved for Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays

In Ottawa

9 am to 1 pm

  • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (9 kilometres)
  • Colonel By Drive (8 kilometres)
  • Rockcliffe Parkway (8 kilometres)

In Gatineau Park

6 am to 11 am — 27 kilometres for cyclists who enjoy steep hills!

  • Gatineau Parkway
  • Champlain Parkway
  • Fortune Lake Parkway

6 am to 1 pm — 3.5 kilometres north of Meech Lake Road (parking lot P8). This section is ideal for families with young children.

Washrooms There are washrooms in some parks.
Parking Free and paid parking is available.
Universal Accessibility The parkways are universally accessible.

NCC Volunteer Programs

Bike Rentals

You can rent a bike at one of the following locations:


Parkways that are part of the Sunday Bikedays program are marked on the Ottawa-Gatineau Cycling map.

For more information, see Parks, Paths and Parkways — Visitor Information.